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Love Where You Live: Fabulous Fraser Street

Love Where You Live: Fabulous Fraser Street

Article by Rosy Atwal, helping you love where you live.

Nothing makes me smile brighter than planning our day. My son, Nishaan, and I live in the fabulous Fraser Street district of Kensington-Cedar Cottage. Lively, funky and increasingly cool, our neighbourhood is full of activities, lazy window shopping and the most amazing food choices. Here are my top picks for fabulous Fraser!

Baby and Toddler Activities

With parks galore and great drop-ins for all, we love to visit the Mount Pleasant Family Place near Robson park. Upstairs is the most amazing indoor playground for a rainy day and downstairs, a warm cup of great coffee. Here we meet nice moms and are always ready to come back for more play. We love Gray’s Park Community centre (right in Gray’s Park and a stone’s throw from our front porch) and Kensington Community Centre for our weekly Mother Goose program. If you fancy more of an artsy afternoon, one cannot forget Collage Collage – an inspiring and effective way to introduce your child to fine arts.

Our neighborhood has wide open streets with enough space to push two strollers side by side. Also, I am so thankful for the various round-abouts to slow down cars – I’ve never seen so many kids play hockey in the street!

My favourite spring and summer treat is a drink from one of the many lemonade stands we get. And props to the young boy last year who, having sold me some lemonade, discussed the importance of using a reusable cup versus a disposable one. What a thoughtful young man! With kids like that, it’s easy to love where you live.

Food

Fraser boasts the most eclectic mix of cool, ethnic and delicious food you can imagine! Nothing helps you love where you live quite like something yummy. Props to Claire at Indulgence Desserts bakery for making the most amazing and reasonably priced macarons in Vancouver at just $3.95 for six. Plus the frozen ones are great to pop out of the freezer for Sunday brunch guests. Of course, if you don’t want to host you can always pop over the Outpost Café or Marché St. George. Both are within two blocks of each other and provide fantastic and healthy food for brunch and lunch.

The vibe at The Fray on Fraser is very cool. We now have a funky beer joint to enjoy a few brews with or without baby. You can also pick up some great quality frozen dim sum at Gah Lok Dimsum at Fraser and King Ed. This place saved my life when an impromptu Super Bowl Sunday was chez Atwal this February. Who needs Queso when you can have Hoisin?

Love Where You Live: What Makes Fraser Fabulous

My new favourite haunt is Matchstick Coffee Roaster. It’s an adult place to get away from the family and feel somewhat grounded in my non-momness. I read, write and take a few moments to re-ground myself. Thanks Annie, Spencer and Aaron for your amazing vision and quality coffee craftsmanship. I feel inspired when in your new haven.

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Having moved from Yaletown to Fraser, I was desperately seeking nail refuge. The new Charm Nail Spa, is chic, affordable and oh so pretty. Charm lets me put the Ms. back in Mrs.

What really makes this neighbourhood so wonderful like many others in Vancouver, are the gracious and glowing mommas strolling along their little ones every day. I tip my hat to you, my divas in comfy walking shoes; you are indeed what makes our Fraser so truly fabulous.

When she’s not helping you love where you live, Rosy Atwal is the owner and creator of Maple Organics, a certified organic line of personal care products. All her products contain Kokum butter, a special butter from India her mom used on her when she was a baby.

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  • I’m continually amazed (& happy) about how Fraser is blossoming these days. The little strip of 15th Ave near my house is unrecognizable from when we moved in four years ago. This is the kind of development that makes me happy–small, local businesses that provide unique services & spaces to hang out.

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